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Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Jordi Peris, Alejandra Boni


Since the 1960s, concepts, motivations, and applications of ‘participation’ have evolved and changed radically in development discourse. While the origins of the participation discourse were associated with transformative ideals, some trends in participatory practice in the 1980s and 1990s acquired an apolitical character and focused merely on the efficiency of development projects. Recently, discourses on participation have shown intent to safeguard the radical roots of participation by associating it with different normative notions of development such as empowerment and citizenship.

Year of publication 2019